True Review
Current Issue Number 77 Vol.20  March 2011


IMMACULATE DECEPTION, by Scott B. Pruden. Codorus Press (, 2010, 329 pp., $19.95. ISBN 978-0-615-34825-4

Jon Templeton, investigative reporter turned PR hack, gets himself in a pickle of trouble, not completely his fault, when he wards off an affair by a woman whose connections include his boss. She lies and he’s out on his backside, not only from his career but from his wife, who finds a pair of the adulterer’s panties in his pocket.

Jon didn’t have the affair (he actually warded it off), yet finds himself in need of being inebriated, at least temporarily. As a result, he gets so drunk that he literally dies – only to be confronted by a deity who wants to make him a deal.

The deity wants Jon to find out what’s going on with some suspicious characters tied to a very liberal and rebellious “church” called the Church of the New Revelation (CNR). If he gets the information the deity wants, Jon MAY be able to get his life and his wife (whom he actually loves more than anything) back.

Those CNR characters, by the way, may have something to do with the impending launch of a new CNR satellite to beam programming to China – as well as carry a sophisticated weapon that could destroy all of the earth.

IMMACULATE DECEPTION is a campy, often humorous and unpredictable yet very worthy first novel – except for some bothersome, lame, Hollywood-like moments that scream “B” movie. But fun nonetheless.

Andrew M. Andrews

In This Issue

Soft Apocalpyse Nebula Awards Showcase 2011 Click on the Book Cover for Review Best Sci-Fi of the Year Oscar Wilde & Vampire Murders

Dawn to Dusk Brave New Worlds All Clear Zombie Autopsies Best of Kim Stanley Robinson

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Griftopia Sleight of Hand Immaculate Deception Pump Six

Sympathy for the Devil Atlantis & Othe Places Darkness Holiday Nano Comes to Clifford

Game Changers Armageddon In Retrospect   The Fall of the House of Usher Realms of Fantasy

Next Time In True Review


FLAMING ZEPPELINS: The Adventures of Ned the Seal, by Joe R. Lansdale. Tachyon Publications (, 2010, 285 pp., $14.95. ISBN 978-1-61696-002-5

FLAMING ZEPPELINS is a combination of two short novels, ZEPPELINS WEST (Subterranean Press, 2001) and FLAMING LONDON (Subterranean, 2005). The love of westerns and pulp fiction, comic books and Texas weirdness, come into play. The best campy fiction in all of America? Probably.

Andrew M. Andrews


THE COLLECTED FANTASIES VOL. 5, THE LAST HIEROGLYPH, by Clark Ashton Smith, ed. by Scott Connors and Ron Hilger. Night Shade Books (, 2010, 370 pp., $39.99. ISBN 978-1-59780-032-7

THE COLLECTED FANTASIES is the last of five volumes to collect all of Smith’s tales. Included are works ranging from “The Dark Age” (April 1938) to “The Dart of Rasasfa” (July 1961).

Andrew M. Andrews